Why Solid-State over Regular Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by legaleye3000, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. legaleye3000 macrumors 65816

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    What is the advantage of the solid-stage drive?

    I know no moving parts and I think speed. Is that it?

    Thanks!

    (If its faster, is it quite noticably faster?)

    Also, are there speakers on the MBAir?
     
  2. ZachPruckowski macrumors member

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    The 4200 rpm HDD is slow. It's also PATA. It's the same drive speed I have in my iBook, and it's slow even for that machine.

    And yes, the MBA does have a speaker. It's a mono speaker, but I have no idea where it's located.
     
  3. Ozy macrumors regular

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  4. lucky3killer macrumors regular

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    Yup, SSD is so expensive right now.

    Just same as in 80's and early 90's, HDD was so expensive in back in day.
     
  5. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    I believe it also consumes less energy, so battery life is improved.
     
  6. djellison macrumors 68020

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    Solid State has much better access times ( so generally snappier ), much lower power consumption - but the pure read and write speed for large files is a bit lower.

    $999 for the SSD isn't actually that much of a rip off. Figures of £500 are not uncommon for such parts. They're really that expensive. Nowhere near as much as a ripoff as Apple''s BTO Ram where they take a £80 part and charge 5x that.

    Doug
     
  7. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816

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    It should be cooler and less battery hungry i guess.
     

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